USING ROBOTS IN HOME CARE

Staying on top of every little thing in your day to day life can be daunting and we could all use a little help from time to time - especially when we’re busy being responsible for others. These days robotics have advanced to such a degree that we can now actually employ the use of them in some form in our everyday lives. This doesn’t have to be as elaborate as robots performing every single task and in fact the robotics that have been tested thus far have shown significant benefit in areas such as simply acting as a calendar to remind seniors to take medication, provide helpful assistance in making phone calls through its user interface or helping by acting as a vehicle through which applications like Skype can be accessed easily by those who are not necessarily computer savvy. Some robots that have been developed specifically for in home assistance can also provide a 24 hour surveillance so that caregivers need not enter the home every few hours to check on family members and therefore can allow the family member more autonomy and privacy. The robot can alert a human operator to a potentially dangerous situation such as a fall at which point the human operator can contact the appropriate channels such as emergency services and the like.

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The aim of robotics in the home and home care industry isn’t to replace the human component but rather to compliment it. Through working together with robotics, caregivers have found that they have more time to fully engage with their loved one which has had marked improvements on sociability and mental wellness. Some robotics that have been tested include Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, Siri for Iphone and most recently, Stevie - a friendly looking robot that can act as a calendar, communications interface and can even adjust house temperatures to help keep the environment comfortable. While still in development, this new version of robot helper is aiming to provide a more inclusive robotics experience for both caregivers and loved ones alike, creating an environment where both human and robotics can work in tandem to provide a next level care experience.

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